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Rivas hopes ‘best season’ includes Sonoma win
It’s no coincidence Rivas’ pre-race confidence is fed by the fact this is his first season riding the G2 Motorsports Drag Specialties S&S Cycle V-Twin Pro Stock Motorcycle and that he’s already earned his first POWERade Series win and one runner-up in the last four races.
“This is my best season ever participating in NHRA and it’s kind of what we expected of this team,” said Rivas, of
“We just could not find the right setup to make the motors perform the way we knew they could. And recently we’ve changed our tune-up philosophy and things kind of turned around for us. I’ve always known I could be a contender if I just had a bike under me that would hang in there for four rounds on Sunday,” he said.
Rivas credits G2 co-owner George Smith (George Bryce is the other co-owner) and chief mechanic Ken Johnson with providing the essentials to win races and championships.
“Riders really give a lot of credit to our crews,” he said. “What I was missing before was Ken Johnson, who we call our chief mechanic. He’s so meticulous at everything he does on the bike. He just doesn’t miss a thing. The bike is just phenomenal because of Ken Johnson and what he does.
“George Smith is our crew chief and he makes all the tuning calls. He’s a genius in my opinion. He’s an engineer at heart and he’s very meticulous on making the tune-up calls. When something doesn’t work, he finds out why. He’s very flexible with the way he does the tune-ups.”
Rivas showed championship potential at
Rivas isn’t ready to look that far into the future right now. His focus, obviously, is on winning a race at his home track.
“We really have high expectations for
“Two years ago, if I remember right, I got into the semifinals there and had a transmission break. I was up against Gino Scali. I felt we had everybody covered and it was going to be our event. But the transmission went from third to sixth gear and the whole thing just blew up when I was out in front. That’s the best we’ve done at
Maybe that will change Sunday afternoon.
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